December 31, 2018

They said it in 2018: inspiring quotes about the struggle to give every child an education

Clockwise, from top left, are the Thai schoolboys who were trapped in a cave; a teacher in Ghana who used old technology to demonstrate computers; and a Chinese boy whose frozen-hair picture went viral

Conflicts, refugee crises and discrimination mean getting every child in the world into school and learning is a huge challenge. Here are some of 2018's most memorable quotes about the struggle to give every girl and boy a quality education and protect them from harm.

Education is the closest thing to real magic that you can give a child.

Dynamo and Theirworld President Sarah Brown prepare to speak at the conference

Photo credit: Theirworld

Seeing is different from hearing. And when they read how we are living it will affect them ... they don't know how bad our living conditions are.

700 letters have been exchanged so far between the refugees and children in Hudson

I’ve always been a dreamer and those circumstances made me even more determined to achieve my dreams.

Abdullah - pictured with a medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad - received a scholarship to study at Cambridge University

We are starting the school year earlier because the Israelis want to destroy the school. So when they come to demolish it, we will be here.

The school at Khan Al-Ahmar in occupied West Bank is to be demolished Flickr Peter Take

The incredible determination of a young boy to get to school in freezing temperatures was rewarded

Then I will just draw the mouse with the cord and I would say this is the mouse, this is the body and this is the tail of the mouse

Ghanaian teacher Richard Appiah Akoto drew a computer because his school had none Facebook / Our Kwadwo Hottish

Dear World Leaders, we're putting you on notice. For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 39,000 girls who became child brides today.

Among those who signed the letter are (clockwise from top left) Oprah Winfrey, Lena Dunham, Chadwick Boseman, Meryl Streep, Thandie Newton and Natalie Portman

He's a gem. He's good at both studying and sports... he's brought our school several medals and certificates from his achievements.

Members of the Wild Boars football team who were trapped in a cave for over two weeks Thai Government

Photo credit: Thai Government

The fact that I understand the problems of the learners helps me to be able to assist them when they are sad because they cannot do something.

Shéri gives talks to schoolchildren to change perceptions about people with Down's syndrome

Photo credit: Sheri Brynard
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